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Acupuncture’s Secret to Successfully Treating Infertility- Improving “Blood Flow”

Posted Dec 15 2009 8:58am

You may be sitting there asking yourself“Should I try acupuncture? Will it really help improve my chances of having a baby?”

Quite simply the answer is a resounding YES!

The secret behind acupuncture’s success lies in its ability to get the blood flowing.  You seewhat most people don’t understand is that proper circulation is key to optimum health and maximizing your fertility.

The Chinese have long believed that a way to slow downand even reverse the aging process is through improving circulation.  A good example can be seen with people who exercise regularly.  They tend to age much more gracefully than those who live a sedentary lifestyle.

So how does blood flow affect infertility?

Firstlyimproving blood flow will allow your reproductive organs to be bathed in proper supplies of oxygenhormones and nutrients.  Oxygen is the life-blood of all cells.  When cells lack adequate supplies of oxygenthey begin to fail and die.

Secondlygetting the blood moving helps remove the waste products of metabolismthereby reducing elevated levels of toxins that accumulate in our bodies.

Thirdlyincreased circulation assists in improving energymood and immunity.

Specificallywhen you improve blood flow to the ovariesthey will function better and yield higher quality and quantities of follicles.

More responsive ovaries will lead to enhanced estradiol (estrogen) production and decreased FSH levels.   Increased estradiol levels will also help with cervical mucus production and vaginal lubrication.

Improving uterine blood flow will help thicken the uterine liningthereby promoting a plush environment for implantation.

So who will benefit from improved circulation?

If you fall into any of the following categoriesyou should seriously consider trying acupuncture:  advanced maternal ageelevated FSHpoor ovarian responsepoor egg qualitylow estradiolpolycystic ovarian syndromeand multiple failed IVF or IUI cycles.

Promising Research

A 1995 study measured the effect of electro-acupuncture on blood flow to the reproductive organs.*  (Electro-acupuncture involves sending a gentlelow intensity electro-current to an inserted acupuncture needle by attaching electrodes to the needle.)  In the studya small group of patients received electro-acupuncture treatments twice a week for 4 weeks.  After these treatmentsthe patients were found to have less resistance in the blood flow going to their reproductive organs.  Even 10 to 14 days after their last treatmentthese individuals had still maintained their positive results.

While additional research is neededthis study supports the finding that acupuncture has a positive effect on improving blood flow to the reproductive organs.  In my practiceI frequently use electro-acupuncture to help stimulate the nerves that innervate the reproductive system.  I also often recommend other methods of increasing blood flow to my patientssuch as herbal medicineyogaqi gong and abdominal massage.

If you found this post to be helpful and would like more information about my practiceplease visit www.readingacupuncture.com for more information.

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* Stener-VictorinE.et al.“Reduction of Blood Flow Impedance in the Uterine Arteries of Infertile Women with Electro-Acupuncture,” European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (received on June 271995; accepted on March 21996).

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